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Less than 10 gallons created substantial spill

Cleanup continued Friday of 7 1/2 gallons of hydraulic fluid that covered as much as a fourth of the Tahoe Keys’ lagoons with a thin, oily sheen this week.

“It’s all over,” said Tahoe Keys resident Steve Adams. “It’s covered the sides of the lagoons, the boats and the docks.”

While less than 10 gallons, the oily substance spread over several acres of water Tuesday after it leaked from a pin-sized hole in an aquatic weed cutter’s hydraulic line. Keys’ officials have been cleaning it up since. By Thursday afternoon, much of the fluid had been blown by the breeze into small pockets in the lagoons.

Officials have been soaking the stuff up with absorbent blankets and booms connected to boats.

As he has watched Keys’ officials try to address the problem Thursday, Adams said he doesn’t feel cleanup has been efficient.

“Accidents happen,” he said. “The cleanup, however, I don’t think has been adequate. It’s a mess.”

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board have responded, and Ed Hutt, general manager of the Tahoe Keys Property Owners’ Association, said workers have done everything they could so far.

“The response has been really good,” he said. “I’ve called Lahontan and TRPA, and they’re very satisfied.”

Alan Miller, who is handling the situation for Lahontan, said he couldn’t say if the cleanup effort was good or bad.

“I don’t know if their cleanup is the best they could do,” he said. “I don’t know if there is anybody who could do a better job. Probably not.”

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